|Families of Ampatuan Massacre victims hit special treatment of Andal Sr.|
|Written by MindaNews|
|Wednesday, 24 February 2010 01:42|
KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 Feb) -- Families of journalists killed in the Ampatuan Massacre criticized on Tuesday, on the third month since the incident, the alleged special treatment accorded to Andal S. Ampatuan Sr.
The former Maguindanao governor, the clan patriarch, is facing multiple murder charges in connection with the November 23 massacre that left 58 people dead, including 32 journalists, in sitio Masalay, Barangay Salman in Ampatuan town.
Ampatuan has also been reportedly allowed to go out of his room, but within hospital premises, to breathe fresh air and enjoy the warmth of the sun.
"Why is he still staying in a hospital? Why is he not kept behind bars? He should not be given special favors because he’s involved in a horrible crime. He killed not one but many people,” said Myrna P. Reblando, chair of Justice Now!, the organization of families of the journalists killed in the Ampatuan Massacre.
Reblando, widow of slain Manila Bulletin reporter Alejandro “Bong” M. Reblando, said the alleged special treatment accorded to the elder Ampatuan could be a ploy to allow him to escape from detention.
Maj. Randolph Cabangbang, EastMinCom spokesperson, reportedly said that Ampatuan’s trips outside his hospital room have the permission of doctors, and that there was nothing to worry because his chances of escape “is nil” considering the heavy security detail assigned to watch him.
“Let us not forget. Let us continue to be vigilant on this case,” Reblando urged the public.